motoring

06 Jul 2021
   It’s sounds almost rude, I know, but I turned downed my first opportunity to drive the new Rolls-Royce Ghost. I postponed my second opportunity too. It was very much a conscious thing on my part, and fortunately, Emma, Roll-Royce’s very nice PR fully understood my quandary. You see, Rolls-Royce offered me not one, but two long weekends in their new Ghost right in the middle of a lockdown. Or...
09 Jun 2021
      Not so long ago we used to consider Kia as very much a budget brand, their cars the kind of things you would buy simply because you needed (rather than wanted) a cheap run-around – albeit always a cheerful and reliable one. Kia though had other ideas. They headhunted their now chief designer from Audi, and moved their design centre from their home in Korea to central Europe, so as to appeal...
09 May 2021
       Fiesta, Corsa, Polo, Swift, Fabia, Ibiza, Yaris, Clio… The list of hatchbacks with funky sounding names continues to grow, and all are very good too. Surely though, the hatchback with funkiest sounding name is the Jazz?  The reality on the other hand…    Like the music it takes its name from, Honda’s Jazz has, shall we say, a particular, a discerning, a mature, fan base - one that dances...
04 Apr 2021
  If you passed your driving test in the late ‘80s / early ‘90s, I’m willing to bet that you did-so a Fiesta. On the other hand, was it a Micra, a Corsa, or a Clio? I used to teach people to drive in a Corsa: BSM pyramid, phone number on the side…  Anyway as I was saying, back then Lancia Deltas, and Toyota Corollas fought over World Rally Championships, the Sierra Cosworth dominated the British...
02 Feb 2021
   If I were to ask you what you thought the best-selling French car of all time was, what would your answer be? The Citroen 2CV perhaps, the Peugeot 205? And what about the Renault 4, or the Renault 5 for that matter? All surely are contenders.        The correct answer? The best-selling French car of all time is actually the Renault Clio. In fact, since its launch, the Clio has become the first...
22 Dec 2020
     How would you cope if you had a really, genuinely famous relative? I’m talking proper A-lister; instantly recognisable, known the world over, and popular with nearly everyone, regardless of their age or class.      That (albeit perhaps a tad tenuously) is the situation that SEAT’s Leon has always found itself in: The Leon’s famous relative you see, just happens to be the Volkswagen Golf...
21 Oct 2020
   You probably don’t need me to tell you that life is chock-full of compromises, and especially-so when it comes to buying the family car. As the driver you’ll no-doubt want something that does at least possess some potential to entertain; an element of involvement, after all, goes a long way. Running costs too need careful consideration; monthly payments, residual values, miles per gallon etc....
30 Sep 2020
    I can’t find my notes from when I drove the previous generation Nissan Juke, neither can I find a copy of the my review of it anywhere - presumably it was printed in what is now a long-defunct title. I do seem to remember though, that in 1.5 petrol form I thought the Juke was quite thirsty. I wasn’t particularly convinced about its styling either; a centre console designed to look a...
15 Aug 2020
        I fancied fish and chips the other night. Nothing fancy, just fish and chips, wrapped in paper, and with plenty of salt and vinegar. Now, in these current post-Covid lockdown times that presents a couple of problems. The first is you cannot be spontaneous; popping-in to your local chip-shop without first making an appointment is no longer an option. The second problem is I don’t actually...
26 Apr 2020
    According to my notes, it’s approximately five years since I splashed around Land Rover’s Experience centre at the Heritage Motor Centre in what was then their all-new Discovery Sport.    Well, I say all new. The Discovery Sport may well have been a new model – and one that boasted 5+2 seating too – but the truth of the matter was, like it’s smaller Evoque sibling too,  it owed more than a...
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